Ruthless Rafa joins Raonic in last 16

Rafael Nadal

Red hot favourite Rafael Nadal and fifth seed Milos Raonic became two of the first players to book their place in the last 16 of Roland Garros on Friday.

Nadal continued to look in ominous form after demolishing Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-0, 6-1, 6-0 in one hour and 34 minutes.

Poor Basilashvili was totally outplayed as Nadal put on a clay court masterclass to power into the fourth round.

The fourth seed will next be up against 17th-seeded countryman Roberto Bautista-Agut.

“Perfection? I don’t know about that,” said Nadal, who will celebrate his 31st birthday on Saturday by watching Real Madrid take on Juventus in the Champions League final.

“I think I played very well today. The most important thing is to be through and I played my best match in a while.

“Tomorrow I’m going to be in front of the TV for sure supporting my team, hoping that Real Madrid will win another time.”

Raonic advanced when Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez was forced to retire at the start of the second set on Friday in Paris.

Raonic won the first set 6-1 in just 21 minutes and when the Spaniard dropped his serve in the opening game of the second set he promptly retired at the changeover.

The Canadian will now be up against Spanish 20th seed Pablo Carreno Busta in the Last 16 after he caused an upset by defeating 11th seed Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 in a match lasting two hours and 20 minutes.

Belgian 10th seed David Goffin was forced to retire injured during his match against Horacio Zeballos of Argentina, when leading 5-4 in the first set.  

With Zeballos serving, Goffin ran to retrieve a shot to his left on the baseline and tripped on the matting to fall, spraining his ankle.

A medical timeout was taken but he was unable to continue and Zeballos was given an easy passage into the Last 16 where he will be up against either Dominic Thiem of Austria or American Steve Johnson.

Friday's Roland Garros third round results so far: 

20-Pablo Carreno (Spain) beat 11-Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) 7-5 6-3 6-4                    
17-Roberto Bautista (Spain) beat Jiri Vesely (Czech Republic) 6-3 6-4 6-3                  
Horacio Zeballos (Argentina) beat 10-David Goffin (Belgium) 4-5 (Goffin retired)           
4-Rafa Nadal (Spain) beat Nikoloz Basilashvili (Georgia) 6-0 6-1 6-0
5-Milos Raonic (Canada) beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (Spain) 6-1 1-0 (Garcia-Lopez retired)

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